Monday, September 6, 1999 Published at 22:50 GMT 23:50 UK
Archer and Norris make Tory mayor shortlist
Londoners will vote for their first elected mayor in May 2000
Lord Jeffrey Archer and former Tory transport minister Steven Norris have made the Conservative shortlist for London mayor.
Those will go forward to a "hustings meeting" on 14 September where the candidates will address about 3,000 London party members who will vote by secret ballot to reduce the list to just two.
A ballot of all London members will then be held to declare the winner, with the result announced on 1 October.
Whoever wins the prize will bear the party standard in London's first mayoral elections in May 2000.
Party vice-chairman Tim Collins said the Tories were picking their candidate for London mayor in a 'wholly open and democratic way'.
He added: "Our candidate will be picked by our members, not by our spin doctors."
The shortlist was drawn up by a special 22-member party committee as well as the heads of the 74 London constituency parties.
The Liberal Democrats are the only party to have chosen their mayoral candidate so far.
The party is putting forward Susan Kramer.
Labour has yet to announce their candidate and is not due to reveal their selection process until after the upcoming party conference season.
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